Publications Library

ATF occasionally issues publications to inform the industries it regulates and the general public about the laws and regulations administered and enforced by ATF. These include guidebooks, newsletters, brochures, studies, and reports. ATF publications do not have the force and effect of federal statutes or Department of Justice regulations, and are not final agency actions. They may also be rescinded or modified at ATF’s discretion.

For more information, see “Memorandum for All Components: Prohibition of Improper Guidance Documents,” from Attorney General Jefferson B. Sessions III, November 16, 2017.

Title Description Category Document Type
1982-8-Discontinuance of ATF Form 5400.3, for Black Powder (660 KB)

This circular notifies explosives licensees that ATF Form 5400.3, Transaction Record for Black Powder to be used for antique weapons, is no longer required.

Explosives Industry Circular
1974-11-Environmental Responsibilities (704 KB)

This circular advises proprietors of their responsibility to ATF with respect to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, and the National Historic Preservation Act, and of the possible effects of these requirements upon their activities.

Explosives Industry Circular
1970-14-Importation of Firearms, Ammunition and Implements of War (3268 KB)

This circular announces the issuance of a  new Treasury Department regulation, Part 180 of Title 26, Code of Federal Regulations, entitled Importation of Arms, Ammunition and Implements of War.

Firearms Industry Circular
1968-28-Importation of Firearms, Ammunition and Implements of War (2230 KB)

This circular announces the transfer of the Arms Import Control Program from the Secretary of State to the Secretary of the Treasury.

Firearms Industry Circular
1986-8-Curio and Relic Updates (1195 KB)

This circular announces an addition of firearms that have been classified as curios and relics during the period January 1985 through March 1986.

Firearms Industry Circular
1986-15-Armor Piercing Ammunition (841 KB)

This circular announces that the President signed Public Law 99-408, on August 28, 1986.  This law regulates the manufacture, importation and sale of armor piercing ammunition.

Firearms Industry Circular
Federal Firearms Licensee Newsletter - 2019 (319 KB)

What's in This Issue: ATF Personnel Changes; Electronic Storage of ATF Form 4473s; ATF Procedure 2017-1; ATF Form 5; ATF For 4473: Clarification on Disqualifiers Related to Military Service; Electronic Signatures on ATF Forms; NFA Forms Common Errors; ATF FFL Alert System; Replacement Copies of NFA Tax Paid Transfer Forms; FFL Renewals, Updated Form 7 and much more.

Firearms Newsletter
ATF Fire Research Laboratory (Technical Bulletin 002) - Arc Mapping as a Tool for Fire Investigations (315 KB)

ATF Fire Research Laboratory Technical Bulletin 002 - Arc Mapping as a Tool for Fire Investigations - March 2017

Arson Report
Explosives Industry Newsletter - July 2017 (238 KB)
What's in this issue: Updated Safety and Security Publication; Structures Used for Indoor Storage; Firework Processes and Manufacturing; Distribution Dates; Identification of Explosive Materials; Q&As; How to read an Explosive License or Permit Number; and List of Active Explosives Rulings.


Explosives Newsletter
2019 Firearms Commerce Report (1132 KB)

Firearms Commerce Statistical Update - 2019

Firearms Report
2016 Explosives Incident Report (1975 KB)
2016 Explosives Incident Report (EIR)
Explosives Report
Firearm Trace Data for Central America for CY 16.pdf (755 KB)
International Trace Statistics for Central America CY 16.
Firearms Report
TD-394: Final Rule: Manufacturers Excise Taxes-Firearms and Ammunition (Published: 02/04/98 – Effective: 04/06/98) (14 KB)

This final rule adopts without change temporary regulations published in the Federal Register on July 16, 1996. The temporary rule amended the regulations in 27 CFR part 53 that require exemption certificates or vendee statements in support of certain tax-free sales of firearms and ammunition. As amended by the temporary rule and this final rule, the regulations provide that taxpayers may use a pre-printed document as an exemption certificate or vendee statement, or design their own certificate and statement using specified information. The regulatory amendments are part of the Administration's efforts to reduce regulatory burdens and streamline requirements.

Rules and Regulations Report
TD-393: Removal of Restrictions on Importation of Defense Articles From Specified New Independent States of the Former Soviet Union and Yugoslavia and To Amend the Term “Military Firearms and Ammunition” (Published: 11/17/97 – Effective: 11/17/97) (34 KB)

This final rule removes the following States of the former Soviet Union from the list of countries from which the import of defense articles into the United States is proscribed: Georgia, Kazakstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russian Federation, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. The rule also restricts the importation of certain firearms and ammunition located or manufactured in any of the above countries or previously manufactured in the Soviet Union to conform to limitations contained in an agreement between the United States and the Russian Federation and in accordance with advice from the Department of State.

Resource Center Report
Notice 911 — Expiration of the Registration Period for Possession of the USAS-12, Striker-12, and Streetsweeper Shotguns (37 KB)

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) is issuing this notice to announce the availability of ATF Ruling 2001–1. This ruling advises that the registration period for people who are currently in possession of the USAS–12, Striker–12, and Streetsweeper shotguns expires on May 1, 2001.

Resource Center Report
Youth Crime Gun Interdiction Initiative Report 1999 (279 KB)

ATF established the Youth Crime Gun Interdiction Initiative (YCGII) in 1996 to focus special agent and inspector resources on reducing youth gun violence. To increase our effectiveness, we resolved to equip our investigators and their State and local counterparts with more facts about how violent youth obtained guns. We asked our colleagues in State and local law enforcement to help us systematically follow the gun used in crime to help identify violent criminals and their illegal suppliers by tracing all crime guns with the National Tracing Center.     

Firearms Report
Explosives Industry Newsletter - September 2008 (1525 KB)
What’s In This Issue: Carson W. Carroll Named Assistant Director (Enforcement Programs and Services); Changes in the Arson and Explosives Programs Division; Two New Field Divisions; New “Orange Book”; New Headquarters Building; Storage Rulings; Fireworks Recordkeeping and Marks of Identification; Information Resources; Variance Request Guidelines; Determination Request Guidelines; Who Should Complete a Theft or Loss Report?; Exemption Request Guidelines; 2007 Explosives Thefts
Explosives Newsletter
Publication of Federal Explosives Laws and Regulations (ATF P 5400.7) (4325 KB)

Also known as the "Orange Book," this documentation provides federal explosives law and regulations and reflects changes and developments in response to the Safe Explosives Act of 2002.

Explosives Report
Recordkeeping Requirements for Explosive Permittees and Limited Permittees (ATF P 5400.20) (6573 KB)

This publication defines what each Federal explosives permittee and limited permitee must do for compliance, as per the Federal explosives regulations, at 27 CFT, Part 555.

Explosives Report
2018 Explosives Incident Report (EIR) (1759 KB)

2018 Explosives Incident Report (EIR)

Explosives Report
NFA Advisory to FFLs - Scams Using Fraudulent or Manipulated NFA Registration Documents (22 KB)

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is advising the public to be aware of fraudulent National Firearms Act (NFA) tax registration forms being used to sell NFA firearms. Some individuals are presenting altered NFA Form 4’s to prospective buyers in order to obtain a deposit, but never deliver the firearms.

Firearms Report
National Tracing Center - Información para las Oficinas Policiales (ATF P 3312.7 SP) (1146 KB)

¿Qué es la División del Centro Nacional de Rastreo (NTC)?  La División del Centro de Rastreo Nacional (NTC) del Agencia de Alcohol, Tabaco, Armas de Fuego y Explosivos es la única organización autorizada a rastrear armas de fuego de fabricación nacional y extranjera para las agencias policiales internacionales, federales, estatales y locales.

Firearms Guide
National Tracing Center – eTrace – Rastreo y Análisis de Armas de Fuego por Internet (995 KB)

¿Qué es eTrace?

ATF extiende su continuo compromiso con la comunidad policial ofreciéndole un sistema de rastreo de armas de fuego sin papel y fácilmente accesible a través de Internet. Este sistema, conocido como eTrace, ofrece las herramientas necesarias para enviar, recuperar, guardar e investigar toda la información relacionada con el rastreo de un arma de fuego que su agencia esté manejando.

Firearms Guide
2017 Explosives Incident Report (EIR) (1530 KB)
2017 Annual Explosives Incident Report
Resource Center Report
2017 Arson Incident Report (AIR) (3886 KB)
2017 Arson Incident Report (AIR)
Resource Center Report
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